Students & Graduates Share their Works and Experience
Moving a big brush full of paint. Letting dark go deep. Allowing the light shine through cracks. Declaring space for worlds to emerge.
I didn’t know this kind of visceral deep satisfaction in my whole body before I became an artist. Nothing I’ve ever done comes close to this. I know ecstasy from dancing and sex yet this is different. It’s so new and unknown that I lack the right words... It’s transformative while simple. Astounding and natural.
~ Sylvia Becker-Hill, ARTIFACT Painting in Process
Shares from Color of Woman Graduates...
Color of Woman educates and empowers women to lead their own circles, workshops, retreats, and communities inspired by their own Soul Work.
In the beginning, many use the framework taught in the Teacher Training, known as the 13-step method, which is what you see in the images on this page. The painting process can be duplicated along with any theme you desire to teach. What is taught in the training is not exclusive to the 13-step method. We also teach Red Thread Session 'mini workshops' that you can do with simple watercolor paper and paint, as well as show you how to lead Red Thread Circle.
At the heart of the Color of Woman Training is an integration of your personal path with your life work path. When there is alignment, we call this your soul work or sacred assignment. Women who walk between two worlds are often seeking the form through which they can live a life where all aspects of themselves get to be included, celebrated, and create abundance! Color of Woman is a quest that is capable of integrating the many facets of powerfully unique and complex women. The portal of possibility opens! Continue reading to hear the experience firsthand from our graduates, walking their sacred path.
Dorene Stander, 2019 Graduate
I don't even remember anyone making art or writing as a hobby. So I gave up painting when I went to college. I am, in part, driven by the desire to encourage as many people as I can to keep creativity in their lives and not banish it as I did. I did my first Red Thread session with my daughter and granddaughter Loralai. She is holding the painting she made with me guiding her on how to paint a face - she is only 6! I will keep making art with her and telling her, as I did that day, that she is an artist, and she should make art whenever she wants and that doing art is important.
United States, Ohio
Lexanne Leonard, 2019 Graduate
Never in my life could I imagine a place where all falls away. Where I am so whole yet I feel as if my borders, the lines of my body shimmer and flow into the universe, the canvas, the portal. This freedom is nothing I’ve ever felt before. Hearing and knowing, learning and discerning, making good beauty, even if it doesn’t seem beautiful, I become One in a way I could never have imagined. Oh, I am full of gratitude to be in this moment where I stand, with paint and brush and the cosmos whispering to me, ”Yes, this is you now. Enjoy.”
Painting: She Who Tango's
United States, Colorado
Phyllis Taylor, 2017 Graduate
My Color of Woman training added new life to my existing creativity. I felt as if I had lost my passion for painting until I began to answer the questions posed in Legend. How did I want my children and grandchildren to respond if asked about me? That one thought propelled me towards doing the work, showing up daily, continuing to learn, getting it done, getting back in the game when I wanted to quit, to take each day, each painting as it came. Then to share the absolute joy I felt with each painting completed…..each task done. Being able to say “I did this!”
Painting: Legendary Self
United States, Florida
Virginia Masson, 2018 Graduate
I spent my life searching for something I could not name. I wanted to bring more peace to myself and to the world through my art and just being more peaceful was too passive for me. I didn’t know how to move forward into active peacebuilding but I found the answers through the Color of Woman training. Shiloh Sophia provided the process, information, and tools I needed to be able to share my passion for peace with my beloveds. I am now prepared to work as an artist and teacher in my community and the world while putting my own peacebuilding spin into the process.
Painting: The Way Finder
United States, Michigan
Margaret Trost, 2018 Graduate
Make time for it if you want to shake things up and change. This training is transformational! It’s expertly designed and lovingly taught by women who guide you into your depths. Prepare to be amazed, inspired, and altered in ways that expand your consciousness and unleash new forms of self-expression and service. It’s a deep dive into the soul that expanded my consciousness, awakened my inner artist, and set her voice free!
Painting: She Who is Wise and Brave
United States, California
Juniper Mainelis, 2017 Graduate
Color of Woman was such a powerful catalyst for me to use and grow my creative skills! I never dreamed that I would be writing music as a soundtrack for my paintings. I never knew that every day was all about opening portals to my own creativity. I am stepping forward and not looking back! My heart is full of gratitude to Shiloh and her amazing team for reaching across the ethers to connect with me.
Painting: Visionary - The Queen Bee United States, Ohio
Patty Iammatteo, 2019 Graduate
Saying “yes!” To Color of Woman was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I knew I would learn about teaching others about Intentional Creativity and develop my painting skills. What I didn’t fully realize was the depth of the journey. This was a mind and soul-expanding process that was so incredibly enriching. I feel so empowered and confident in stepping into my cosmic cowgirl boots and bringing this colorful healing process to the world. So much astonishing magic occurred for me along the way.
I highly encourage anyone who is healed enough and hears the call to jump in with their whole heart. It’s a time-consuming and challenging process, and it was worth every moment. Shiloh, the team, and your sister’s journeying along with you will transform your life and belief systems. Do it!
Painting: She Sees
United States, Maryland
Elizabeth Foley, 2019 Graduate
Doing Color of Woman was one of the best things I have ever done - the best gift I ever gave myself.
I just submitted a book to a publisher today that will be my first art and poetry book. It contains most of the work that I created in COW - and none of it would have been possible without the experience.
If you are thinking about... DO IT!!!!
Painting: Elishaba-Visionary Warrior
North Carolina, United States
Caroline Miskenack, 2018 Graduate
Before deciding to register for the Color of Woman training, I had been living a life of seeking something that I could feel deep within my bones, but could not name. I tried to find it in my relationships, in my career, in food, and in piles of self-help books after the aforementioned left me depleted. Although I came out wiser about how my patterns and habits had been playing out in my life, and how I could live more from the heart and soul, I was still left searching.
Then, in March 2013, my husband was diagnosed with cancer and I was flooded with an urgency to find the “thing” I had been feeling all the years before. I was led, for 3 years, down a path of healing my relationship with God, reclaiming my feminine power, reconnecting to my calling as a healer, and then finally landing in the arms of Shiloh and Color of Woman. I knew immediately that this was it, this is what my soul had been longing for. The Color of Woman training is utterly life-changing. I am no longer seeking. I am beginning to live in a truly empowered, grateful, creative, awakened, self-loving way. Now, more than ever, I know and claim my worthiness as a woman in the world. Never before was I able to say, with truthfulness, that I love myself. Never before have I been able to see the gifts my pain and heartbreak have given me, until now. This training has been both a re-birthing and a homecoming. If I were to describe it in one word, it would without a doubt be metamorphosis!
Painting: She Moves Softly
Canada, British Columbia
Jassy Watson, 2013 Graduate
The Color of Woman Training changed the direction of my life. I graduated in 2013 & have since taught up to 100 workshops for young girls & women in my local community, nationally & internationally with ongoing retreats in Greece & Bali. I have also plunged into my ultimate dream of pursuing a career as a professional contemporary Australian artist. Color of Woman taught me to take what lives inside, outside. Forever grateful. Say YES!
Milagros Suriano-Rivera, 2019 Graduate
This is my Alchemist painting.
She wears a crown of sovereignty regarding heart.
She knows that her heart is at the center of all her choices.
She is always seeing the symbols and images that hold the medicine that is needed.
Painting: Queen of My Own Domain
United States, Texas
JP Kim, 2016 Graduate
I’ve often likened Color of Woman to a college for women. The Intentional Creativity Teacher Training Certification one can gain from going through the training is as rigorous and thoughtful as any other advanced degree. I feel qualified to make this comparison, as I was a doctoral candidate in a Ph.D. program for Cognitive Psychology.
The Color of Woman course work is so thoughtfully and lovingly organized so as to lead you on a journey into understanding your soul work. I believe this to be a lifelong missive, but Color of Woman can serve as your launching pad, and also help you work through or out of patterns that are not serving you or your loved ones.
I strongly believe in the work that is done here and have witnessed firsthand other’s transformations as a reader for women who participated in the current class. I think I can state unanimously that we all feel called to serve, maybe in different ways, but helping you on your path to being you as you can be.
Painting: The World Between Worlds
United States, California
Emily Grieves, 2014 Graduate
Color of Woman absolutely changed my life in 2014 and I am forever grateful to Shiloh and to this extraordinary community of sisterhood for it. While I had always made art (I even have a BFA degree in it, for whatever that's worth) and I had always done energy healing work, Color of Woman not only allowed me to merge the two into an effective methodology with which to reach more people more deeply, it also changed me to the core.
It changed my artwork, too! It allowed me to touch the most profound places within myself in my interior, heal them, and begin to interact with the world from a changed perspective of inspiration and abundance as if the exterior manifestation of my work truly reflected the light I had discovered inside of me. I finally had not only the authentic tools for dreaming my creations into reality, but I had the support network to help me hold it - the red thread is powerful beyond belief!
Yes, all this has grown from Color of Woman! If you're wondering, ask your Muse and go for it!
Painting: Treasure Yourself
Kathy Smith, 2017 Graduate
Before Color of Woman, I was lost—I felt like a soldier without a mission, with seemingly no purpose. No, I had Purpose, but I didn’t know what to do next to move it forward. After two years of waiting and I still hadn’t found clarity on my Next Move. I finally just ASKED what I was to do and got the Answer, “Sign up for Color of Woman!” Cardinal feathers floated down out of the sky at that moment! I was lost, but now I’m found. Amazing Grace.
United States, Michigan
Olivia Oso, 2015 Graduate
I met Shiloh in Dec. 2013 and my life has never been the same. The experience has been life-changing to say the least. I have transformed many “old stories” into the authentic truth and can now say I am an artist, teacher, mentor, sister and someone who is learning what I am here to cause and create in the world. I now have my own art paintings up in a business called Sacred Money Studio and Prosperity Pie Shop (since April 2106), where I also sell prints and cards as well as my original paintings. This has brought me into contact with many people I would not have otherwise met and who tell me how the images speak to their hearts and souls.
This body of work that Shiloh offers us does just that, connects us to something deeper within ourselves and gives us a vehicle to do transformative healing and empowerment. I have co-lead workshops with other Color of Woman teachers and assisted at their workshops as well, and continue to offer classes and one on one mentoring. I love witnessing my Beloveds discover a deeper truth and a reconnection to heir own creative soul.
I am continuing to work on my website and grow my business skills, as well as spend time in my studio being with my Muse. This work is so profound, transforming and so needed in the world right now. I know my soul assignment is serving the Divine and showing up to share my hope and Light in the world for others. I know today that I am “good enough” and the world needs what I have to offer. Thank you, thank you.
Painting: In Sisterhood, We Rise United States, Oregon
Moana Whatu, 2019 Graduate
I am a Maori woman from New Zealand. The role of our spirit and life essence has permeated my view all my life.
The Color of Woman training has been a deepening experience bringing together my knowledge and life experiences in the social justice and therapeutic worlds.
The use of Art and Intentional Creativity with Shiloh Sophia has opened up possibilities that would otherwise not be considered when working with healing or trauma. Words do not do justice to the magnitude of this sacred work.
I am eternally thankful to Shiloh and Jonathan. The support provided is second to none! I am forever changed and proudly call myself an Artist!
I hadn’t planned on joining Color of Woman, but it was such a strong call from my soul, that I just had to listen to it! If I would have started thinking about it, I would have found all kinds of excuses for not doing it!
I gifted myself with this training for my 60th birthday. I wanted to do something special and celebrate, instead of becoming depressed about becoming a “senior” citizen ….
This year has been the greatest adventure of my life that culminated in the “in-person” graduation gathering in Santa Cruz! I don’t have words to express how grateful I am to have followed this training and met Shiloh Sophia, the Intentional Creativity team, and all the beautiful women who walked on this path with me. There is such a strong connection thanks to the Red Thread and so much loving support. It’s as if the pieces of the puzzle are now coming into the right places and the voice of the critic is more and more replaced by the voice of the Muse, thanks to the fact that I am finally prioritizing creativity in my life. So if you feel called, don’t start thinking about it, trust your inner wisdom and go for it!
Painting: Alchemist Goddess of Liberty
Jane Sanguinetti, 2018 Graduate
I highly recommend this incredible program!
You will enter a deep container of support for growth on every level. You will create art that will heal your being and activate healing in the world. You will dance with your edges around the commitment to self. You will find yourself among the most amazing women in the world holding you in the power of the red thread.
When you are complete with this journey you will be changed and have options to change others through Intentional Creativity.
Painting: ARRIVAL by Celeste
California, United States
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This course invited me to explore my deepest truth and to find a voice to speak it out loud. And if that were not enough, I got to witness the amazing beauty of my classmates who were willing to share their stories and paintings along the way. AND you get to dress and take all of the fun photos you wish! I don't know if it can get any better than this!
Painting: Grandmother Moon
Legend was the catalyst that opened up how much fear I was holding in my life on so many levels. As I was taken through the process of Intentional Creativity I was shown how to break through to what possibilities were waiting on the other side... my fear was an illusion to stay small in my life. The cosmic veil is now open to access the truth of who I am or we are for all humanity. I am extremely grateful and honored to have completed Legend.
Painting: Goddess of a Thousand Suns
During this Legend course of Oracle & Ally, I went on a magical journey and found surprises every step along the way. Shiloh’s encouragement to listen to my own wild wisdom helped me to access parts of myself that were buried, and reclaim what had been lost. Painting with Intentional Creativity is transformative! My battle cry today is that I am the Oracle trusting heart wisdom, and my life is a magical journey!
Painting: Magical Journey
What most surprised me about the Legend process was the powerful interaction between my painting and my everyday life... and the growing feeling of certainty that this is, in fact, me. Accessing different coexisting realities with such ease... glorious!
Painting: Cosmea - She Who Knows
Legend reminded me to shut out the noise of the outside world and listen deeply to the wisdom within. There I found my true self!
Painting: All She Needs is Within
In Legend I realized that I am not alone. I was surprised when a mighty red dragon showed up behind me and then I realized it symbolized the strength I already had within me, and it was I who was watching out for me. My Oracle allowed me to see the light I have inside and the potential that is limitless!
Painting: She who Illuminates, She who is Infinite
This painting is one of the only projects I’ve 100% completed and completed with intention. It now serves as a record of the power I have to create in my life, and of the commitments made to myself during the process.
Julie Lynn Ridenour
What surprised me most was how this Intentional Creativity process led to deep knowing and profound healing. Thank you, Shiloh Sophia and Team. I am forever grateful for this experience!
Painting: Cosmic Truth Seeker
What most surprised me is how my Oracle, in all her fierceness, brought me to the most vulnerable part of myself that was in need of healing, acceptance at complete surrender to embody her Wisdom. She showed me that I was the only one responsible for the Sacred space of my heart and that setting healthy boundaries, even with the people I love the most, is necessary. I am learning now that I am required to integrate and fully own my voice and my power!
Painting: Thé Guardian
Legend was a journey that revealed mysteries that were at once surprising, as well as deeply familiar. It was a journey of awakening to a remembrance, to inner wisdom and guidance that is always (and has always been) with me.
Painting: Inner Magic, Inner Light
Carol E. Fairbanks
What surprised me the most was that this Legend painting was not an isolated creative experience, but rather it was part of a series of paintings. In 2019, I did three workshops with Nadya King where I painted three images that were included in this Legend journey. The Harvest Queen, the Cat Woman, and Vera, the Mermaid, were all helpers guiding me to my Legend experience with my ally, Eartha, the Benevolent Bear, and my oracle, Oracle of the Cherished Heart. These paintings tell of the preparation I experienced before going through the veil with my bear ally to meet my oracle. The essence of my Legend story was the healing of my heart and the transformation of my family clan wounding. I continue to be awed and very grateful for this wonderful creative experience, both the painting and the writing..... especially the writing.
Painting: The Cherished Brave Heart
Grace Vashti Solman
What surprised me most was how many shifts I actually experienced. I have been on a personal quest for most of my life and I have done a huge amount of work on many aspects of both inner and outer self-care. The Legend process opened me up to embrace allowing myself to speak and be heard..... and breaching an invisibility cloak which I was not willing to part with before. Although I will admit that being invisible is convenient sometimes, being overlooked and devalued is not!
Painting: Cosmic Moon Mother
In Legend I shifted from hiding to being seen.
Painting: I Am the Universe
This Legend experience (my fourth) actually spoke to me about how I take for granted my luxuries and comforts. By acknowledging that part and even accepting it, I can feel greater gratitude and freedom. I had no idea why I would see a camel, an animal I have no history with and do not think about, but by the end, I feel a deep connection to. Spits the camel and this clear-seeing woman. Legend is such a rich experience and not a luxury for me. It is essential nutrition and water for my soul.
Painting: Water is Sacred Here: Taureg Woman and Spits the Camel
Painting : Lady of Transformation
Nadya Vestella King
It was a blessing to witness my SiStars' paintings and process unfolding, as I painted my third Legend. Some elements were familiar, with new insights and information conning through. This is a wonderful journey for self-discovery and claiming one's path.
Painting: Raven's Beauty
Rhea Ruth Aitken
The Legend journey was the best gift I have ever given myself and has been one of the most profound creative experiences of my recent years. Combining all the treasured elements of my life, writing, creativity, and divine feminine spirituality into one sacred container from which I have emerged joyous, renewed, and reawakened. I am filled with gratitude for this course and recommend it highly.
Painting: The Mystic Creatress
Agia Priya Kaur
Legend urged me to let go of control. I discovered feelings that I didn't know existed in me. I allowed myself to be. And I am still in the process of letting...
Painting: Bride of Love
Legend was wonderful and well-timed. I delved into the past, received visions of the future, and recorded it in the present. I'm eager to explore deeper and create more. Every woman should have this experience of developing a visual voice. It's not about your skills, those can be developed. It's about opening up to the voices of your higher selves in all their incarnations.
Painting: Earth Immortal
Painting: Mother of Compassion
Painting: Queen. She who is protected and walks in courage and truth.
In Legend I learned to listen to the painting between brushstrokes.
Painting: Nothing is wasted
Legend was as big and powerful as I wanted and needed. She who knows told me the truth and is out for all to see. Now I know I can take the wisdom I have learned, hang up my lantern, go out on a limb, be light and make my own path.
Painting: She who knows
My journey in Legend: Oracle & Ally took me to another level in my healing, and I savored every step of the way. It was like popping a block of dark chocolate in my mouth and making it last as long as I possibly could. I honestly didn't want it to end. Exploring my writing in addition to painting was especially wonderful - I haven’t written like this since I was in my 20s. Thank you so very much, Shiloh Sophia and Stella Mac for such an extraordinary experience!
What an incredible dive into my Legendary self. There are over 20 layers to this painting. Each one reveals more and more. I have done years of work on myself and so I was surprised at how much more there was to learn and integrate. I am me, 100% me, legendary and limitless. This course is worth every penny if you are willing to take a deep dive into yourself. There is writing, dancing, painting, sacred ritual, intention, and community to experience. Take the course!
Painting: She Who Is Limitless
Legend took me to a place within, where I held my deepest hurts. Through this process, I have finally healed the pain I have carried my entire life. I would recommend this course to anyone in search of finding herself.
Painting: Rising of the Warrior
One thing that shifted for me in Legend is my ability to listen to my internal voice and trust that she knows. I was also so aware of all of the support that is there for me and around me all the time. I can now relax and know deep inside I am loved. Legend was a very wonderful experience.
Painting: She Who Knows
This creative experience has been such a healing force in my life! I was able to honor my connection to Mother Earth and her many gifts for healing and expansion. I also gave honor to myself and Gratitude to Source during this process for the many Cosmic Gifts I possess to help uplift the Humanity. What most surprised me during this process was the lack of boundaries I had when it came to my daughters..28, 35 and 38 years old. I was paralyzed by FEAR! Fear of not being loved if I set clear boundaries. I was able to rediscover my voice from the purest essence of Love held within my heart, which allowed me to bravely set boundaries with no attachment to the outcome. I realize being True to myself allows others to expand according to their Truth and their own Soul Journey. I would suggest this course to anyone wanting to take a deep dive into Self Discovery.
This was such an amazing journey of heart and soul with so many insights and surprises. I was on the fence about taking the course but finally listened to my intuition and took the plunge and sooo happy I did. I continue to receive messages from my Oracle and Ally and am sure I will for a long time to come. So grateful to have found my Joy again and to continue to embody the lessons she is teaching. Thank you to everyone who has made this journey possible.
Painting: She who is Elder standing between Heaven and Earth in Divine Joy
My Legend experience has been transformational. My painting and I have been on such an incredible journey together. My imagination has been re-ignited, my awareness and contact with my inner wisdom have deepened. Even though I was very rusty as a writer, I enjoyed the experience of writing the chronicles equally as much as creating the painting. Love, love, loved creating my Legendary self.
Heather Michelle Jackson
Painting: Cleo's Gift
In this Legend I learnt about shapeshifting as a radical act of transformation. As the image shape-shifted on the canvas so did my grief. It became a talisman of compassionate healing for myself and perhaps others. I could not have envisaged the end result in the beginning. If I had not learnt to keep letting go of where I was at the time, I would never have been able to move it and myself on. To begin with, it terrified me but now I am in love with it. The healing comes from the ability to stop, be still, go within and listen. Then breathe. And move on. Whatever it takes to make that move.
Painting: Can You Hear It?
What most surprised me was what emerged. This is my first large painting that is completely my own. So far, I've painted with Shiloh Sophia before but always following her designs. Here, the layers and layers, and more layers and the inquiry allowed for the emergence of my own legend, my own creativity, based on where I am in my journey right now. She emerged completely different than I envisioned or expected her to be. I'm learning to listen to what wants to show up, even if it may not be what my mind wants.
Painting: She who whispers with the wind
Painting: She Talks to Trees
More Shares from our Legend students...
Julie Houser Gordy - Legend was the most amazing course I've ever taken. Not only from the support of all the teachers but my legendary sisters as well. There is something so powerful that happens when women can come together in a judgment-free zone and can be their true selves. Although at times it's painful to bring up the old stories, there was magic happening while composting them. I learned so much about myself but most importantly, I learned I was not alone...and when you realize that, it gives you that much more power to reclaim yourself. I also learned to truly trust myself AND the process… as many times as I wanted to jump forward, trusting the timing of the steps gave me confidence… something I've had very little of in my lifetime. These comments just barely scratch the surface of how amazing this experience has been… it has been life-changing and for that, I am forever grateful!
Sue Bayley - If you are ever drawn to Legend, then trust your instincts! I am about to finish the course and already my “Unleashed Urchin“ has already brought blessings to my life! Earlier this month I helped a friend with a Toddler/ Mother workshop, as as “UU” noticed that the toddlers were getting restless she doodled on some wallpaper and we “rolled and crawled” our doodles. Earlier this week a Director at work asked for feedback from the shopfloor and suggestions! Within moments “UU” had seized the day, and made an appointment to speak with him. Yesterday she delivered her thoughts on how to use creativity and self-awareness to help citizens in her county and beyond. She was well-received with further conversations being generated with significant others! My willingness to seize the day - and begin to believe in my intrinsic worth is emerging! Thanks, Shiloh and her Team, especially Stella Mac and Jena
Virginia Masson - Wow! Legend. This adventure was the beginning of a journey in courage, trust, and truth for me and it proved to be the EXACT guidance I needed. I knew that there would be support and direction given from the Legend team but I was completely and wonderfully overwhelmed by the women I was journeying with. They helped me lose my inhibitions about painting in a public format, about speaking the truth of my past, and about assuming responsibility for my future. The process itself is mystical and magical but also completely logical. Unpacking the stuff I had chosen to ignore was cathartic and shining the daylight on them made them so. much. less. As I move into Color of Woman I feel more prepared, more confident to speak and paint truthfully. I enter with trepidation, excitement, and the knowledge that I am choosing my path forward. Thank you to Shiloh, Stella, Jonathan, and the whole team for creating this space for us to become!
Fran Malone - What I got out of this course was... the freedom to express myself in a way that I see myself. I have been a shapeshifter all my cognizant years (50+ years). I find it a great tool to be able to blend in with the group and not stand out “much”!!
What I would say to someone considering taking a future Legend course... Make sure you are ready to look back on your life (the good, bad and ugly). Make sure you are committed to doing the writing that comes with the process. Know that you are never going to be behind and you are painting exactly what you need to be painting for the items you can handle. I was truly in love with the concept of Oracle and Ally. I see why many retake the course Legend because no two classes focus on the same attributes of your life to create the painting. I think it would be good to be a little familiar with the Intentional Creativity style and the techniques you teach; such as glazing and scrubbing. During this process, I discovered my weak point was composition and have since piqued my interest in learning more about composition (as in preplanning what will be on the canvas) and space and size.
I want to tell Shiloh: thank you for sharing your hot mess self. I found that segment, to be honest, and free. I no longer give a flying fig if I am crabby and out of sorts. I learned so much about truth and freedom from that one video. I saw tassels at JoAnn Fabrics the other day and lost it laughing in the aisle. I hope that everyone is “awake enough” when they take the course to hear the deep truths that you relay. We only get one marvelous chance at this life and we should go at it with both boots on and a good “giddy-up” in our pace.
Jena, thank you for your online drawing lessons, and the small short videos that really pull you into the subject. I love to do line drawings and have found them to be a great release valve when I have to sit still and listen to a speaker. I draw my interpretation of what they are saying and all
Mary, I loved your prompts for the writing. I loved the energy of the writing circle you did on the call. I love the freedom you gave us to express and how your style seemed to bring the best out in all of us. Your art directions were spot on because you seemed to know what we were thinking from the writing we did and the direction we needed to be headed. I loved the directive to listen to the painting more each time we painted. It was a pleasure getting to know you better.
The beginning of my love rant starts like this... I am so indebted to this collective of free-spirited genius women who call themselves Cosmic Cowgirls. You come and go as we need and you never reign us in but do protect us from the edges of the ledge. The team is magic in the best sense of the word and each has a blessed relation with Shiloh and each other. The phrase “each one teach one” is a personal favorite of mine and I think through the Red Thread you, as a collective, have done this to the betterment of this whole planet. Happy to share the cosmos with everyone and will always remember this class as I paint in the future.
Feather Redfox - I am so grateful that I decided to take the Legends course. It walked me through so many teachings and help me to step into a new life that I really was struggling with. The process is amazing as are all the teachers. The words and the writing were as empowering as the painting. Somehow the creation of my own legend or myth helped me clarify the issues I was dealing with. Thank you all so very, very much much for this amazing course.
Jana Steyn- What I got out of this course was learning to get to know myself and to love and accept myself in a whole new way. I learned that it is okay to be an emotional person. I learned that it was okay to not always understand why I feel like crying. During this course, I was an emotional wreck so to speak. I had all these emotions going on and I didn't really understand why. I cried more often than I care to admit. I was surprised to learn that in all of these emotions, behind all of my tears, there was a feeling of being unloved. I learned that in those moments I need to communicate this feeling to my loved ones so that they can help me (this is the part I still struggle with), also to love myself even more in those moments, and to be compassionate with myself instead of berating myself. This was an inspiring course and I would definitely recommend it to everyone. Absolutely everyone involved is encouraging and ready to shine some love on you if you need it. Legend helped me see myself in a different, more beautiful way and it taught me so much about self-acceptance.
Cindy Craig- When I enrolled in Legend 2019 - Oracle and Ally, I took a risk. Although I had been carrying around an art box for twenty years, I had never risked picking up a paintbrush in my entire life. I was afraid that I would fail the painting exercise and just give myself another thing to critique. But I had seen a video of Shiloh Sophia teaching and painting, and I knew that I wanted some of THAT in my life! This course was definitely worth the risk.. In fact, it was life-changing and I am now in my sixties. Shiloh Sophia's "Intentional Creativity" methods brought out in me what I had a hunch was there all along (hence the art box). When I drew my first "Face" using the painting methods, it was so beautiful that I cried. She also taught me to paint with "inside eyes", and not to try to match my image on the canvas to the outside world. She taught me how to be playful, and take even more risks. Because as with life, acrylics are forgiving, and no mistake needs to be permanent. She connected me with my Muse, who would often show me that the "mistake" was actually a brilliant twist in the painting and so I learned to listen to Her and balanced my Critic. I can now honestly call myself a "painter" and truly believe the statement! The Face of my Oracle had gone pretty well, but I was intimidated by attempting to create an animal Ally. But Jena's drawing prompts made capturing my animal Ally possible and FUN (not to mention slipping me into this life-changing class at the very last minute). Jena, I owe you for life for this! Mary's support in writing my Legendary story was invaluable. Her writing prompts activated and clarified questions so that answers could form. And my dear Art Doctors lovingly guided me out of the mud when I was stuck. Offering thoughtful and insightful suggestions for moving even deeper into my painting.
Shares from our Codex students...
When I look back and see the different stages on my canvas over the 13 moons, and see how I have grown, I feel so inspired! What a transformation within and without. If I had to choose one word to describe this experience, it would be ‘freeing’. Not only have I learned to trust my intuition and LISTEN, but I am also painting more freely...
Painting: On the strength of silk and the wisdom of pearls...
Coming back to the origins, clearing the societal goggles, and seeing fresh from within. Accessing all areas. Like a futuristic archaeological dig into the cosmos of yourself! Loved the ride and the new perspective it’s given me!
Painting: Revolutionary evolutionary spark
Be prepared to be changed, surprised, opened up, healed, and transformed! This is wonderfully dangerous work likely to create a new way of seeing, being, and serving love in the world!
Painting: To See What God Intends
Codex was a lifeline during the last year of working before my retirement. But the joy of seeing the moon sailing and steadfast knowing again and again that I’m in the amazing web of cyber cosmic connection. I gently weep in gratitude.
Painting: Lady of The Mystery
My Codex experience was a magnificent adventure into pure consciousness and embodiment. My gifts and what I've come to cause and create in the world were revealed. Shiloh and Jena have put together a brilliant class filled with laughter, tears, color, and community, all connected in the quantum field. I learned more about the essential wisdom I carry and how to make a positive impact on others.
Painting: Pure Consciousness
Codex was a life-changing experience, gracefully led and supported by True Souls. The shift happens gradually but steadily, and deep roots guarantee it will live on. I feel deep gratitude for all the amazing staff behind and inside Codex. As in the noblest tradition, this journey takes us Home and yet to a completely renewed, miraculous “place”. Infinite Thank You.
I was amazed at how this Codex process revealed a new way to understand the components of what I am about. To find a symbol language that defines my life journey, my gifts, and my tools of self-expression. I am so grateful to Shiloh, Jena, and the awesome support team!
Painting: The Clockmaker’s Daughter
Thank you for the journey.
Painting: Star Seed
CODEX has been teacher, companion, guest, best friend, and a gift throughout this past year of transition - Shiloh's face, voice and passion reliably reigniting my own until I was rising in color and movement with the reminder of collaboration, support, relationship, alignment, truth and love at the center of this mystery we call being alive. thank you. thank you. thank you.
Painting: Oh! Marvelous Error
Katie Rooney McLane
My Imagine painting spoke to me as soon as I finished, so I grabbed my journal, and here is what she said... * Imagine the possibilities * Honor the sacred space * Herald in the new * Allow the energy to rise * Seek and you will find It read like a book to me from left to right each set of images revealing it's message..... What an incredible journey. Thank you one and all from the bottom of my heart.
Imagine Painting Course
Tania Michelle Magennis
This painting represents my own personal WONDERLAND and to find it, I followed my cosmic map as a star traveller .... led so eloquently and skilfully by our Maestra, Shiloh Sophia (and I am sure also in the presence of Sue Hoya -Sellars). This year my focus word was "Pellucid" and what I have learnt is that my consciousness IS a mode of travel that transcends the limits of matter and time. The GIFT of being shown HOW to be an Observer, of ALLOWING and CURATING my own information, culture, my own mark, my own CODEX led me to also launch an online class. As I reached for the stars, every month on this journey, my feet have landed squarely on the ground with where I am meant to be, my place of connection, my place of belonging.....my place to celebrate the WILD RUMPUS of my cosmic portrait of SELF! I received such CLARITY of WHO I actually am, WHAT it is that I am going after, and what the FRAMEWORKS are around my thinking and patterns of consciousness... I am forever grateful for the "divine spark" that is INTENTIONAL CREATIVITY and to be able to reveal my own unique codes and wisdom that I have distilled through this truly MAGICAL PROCESS called CODEX! If you look up to the cosmic sky, you will see me, riding a shooting star - as I now go through the next portal into the next adventure of my life!
Painting: Cosmic Portrait of SELF
Shares from our Red Madonna Community
Deborah Pierce - I'm realizing this morning as I contemplate how my cup overflows that I have experienced what I had asked for a couple of years ago. For many years, I have had an internal Grove where the healing parts of me and my connections to the Divine Feminine have resided. I have often sent parts of myself there to be healed, to lay in the soft arms of Her and to renew myself internally as my outer self went on with business.
This morning I realized I had externalized that internal healing space by joining the Red Madonna sisterhood. Here there have been healing holy mothers holding me, but I have also been able to reciprocate without chastisement. Manifesting on the external what you have lived and imagined in the internal is most definitely a cup running over. Not only is it spilling forth, but it is spilling forth in creativity, my essence, music, painting, poetry, prayer......
Earlier in the year I posted the lyrics to one of the pieces of music that came through me and wanted to share it through my voice. I just figured out how to do that (yes, late in this game, but I'm sure, just on time!). Shilo said she really really wanted to hear it and even though I did share it on one of the Spring calls (April, maybe???), I'm not sure it was easy to hear. So......here it is, for Shilo and for all of you. I wrote this more than 10 years ago as a message for myself, but it seems as though it was written for this place in this time. Namaste dearest Shilo and dearest Sisters! May the artist always arise in you and give you peace! Deborah
Dearest Shiloh and sisters of Red Madonna. My cup is overflowing with Love and Gratitude for you and this journey we have been on to-get-her. She is with me now, in ways I never imagined before meeting you. My life is infused with her great love and deep wisdom. I am forever awakened by your presence and the many stories we have shared. So very very grateful. Painting with RM has brought me home to myself, set my feet on a life path my soul has always been longing for. To know her inside of me, and inside of each woman who has shared their words of poetry and magical paintings. We are connected by this red thread.
Winter Solstice is nearly here up in the North Pacific. I will build a big fire outside for friends to gather around and do ceremony. We will offer something into the fire, letting go to make room for something new. My plan is to offer the red threads that have been tied around my wrist, connected in a virtual circle with you. Letting go and letting goodness come through.
Thank you for all you have witnessed. For the many ways, you have shown me how to love and create a better world through our prayers. Lordy knows we will need our prayer power for whatever is yet to come! May all be well with you and your Beloveds. Forever your sister in red thread and gratitude.
I graduated in 2014 and totally reinvigorated my self-expression and creativity, released deep grief, made very special connections and lifelong friendships, learned to live a bigger creative and intentional life, discovered my voice and a method to bundle with other healing arts modalities for teaching and supporting the betterment of humankind (yes, it’s that powerful)! ~ Jennifer Bowers: United States